Hubert Charuel

How can we showcase the rural world today in France? How can an epidemic affecting cows allow us to highlight all the unique, contemporary aspects of this environment? Meet Hubert Charuel, whose Bloody Milk (“Petit Paysan”) is his first feature film.

Updated on 10/05/2019

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Joël Karekezi

Joël Karekezi, a young Rwandan director, scriptwriter and producer, invites his viewer to reflect on the absurdity of war but also, and above all, on forgiveness and hope. The Mercy of the Jungle (“La Miséricorde de la jungle”), his second feature film, has just won the Gold Stallion, the highest...

Updated on 10/05/2019

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À bras le corps, by Katell Quillévéré

Ten short films to discover

The Short Film Festival, organised from 13th to 19th March 2019 in France and around the world, is an opportunity to rediscover the first works of well-known filmmakers and to encounter the new talents of the so-called “7th Art”. Discover our ten favourites from the 2019 programme.

Published on 13/03/2019

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Mira Nair

Mira Nair is a celebrated Indian-born filmmaker, known for her unique storytelling ability across global communities, addressing marginalised and underrepresented heroes in their enduring strength. L’Institut français has been pleased to confirm her as a 2019 patron to La Fabrique Cinema.

Updated on 29/05/2019

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Gaspard Kuentz

Across four films, Gaspard Kuentz constructed a radical work pushing the frontiers of anthropology and cinema. His hybrid documentaries, characterised by the issue of ritual, are intense sensory experiences that move the viewer and invite him or her to question the world. A fine connoisseur of Japan...

Updated on 16/07/2019

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Hendrick Dusollier

A few months after the release of his latest film, Derniers jours à Shibati (Last days in Shibati), film director Hendrick Dusollier reflects on his inspirations, working methods and demanding career as a filmmaker around the world.

Updated on 05/06/2019

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Claire Simon

An editor in her youth, Claire Simon became a director with a particular interest in anthropology and the 7th Art present in her first short films, which were made on a self-taught basis from the early 1980s, and now at the heart of her films, which move between fiction and documentary. A woman on...

Updated on 29/05/2019

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European films in the spotlight

In 2019, 30 recent European films, offered by the European Film Festival, were screened at many festivals around the world. Discover some of these European films in pictures!

Updated on 10/05/2021

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Alex Moussa Sawadogo

The creator of the Afrikamera festival in Berlin, the founder of Ouaga Film Lab – a film development and co-production laboratory in Burkina Faso – as well as artistic attaché for the Lausanne African Film Festival, Alex Moussa has been working for over ten years to promote African cinema. He is...

Updated on 05/06/2020

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Rachid Bouchareb

For thirty years, filmmaker, producer and screenwriter Rachid Bouchareb has been examining history through his films, most notably Days of Glory in 2006 and Outside the Law (“Hors-la-Loi”) in 2010. Through 26th June he will be supporting the 17 directors and producers from the Global South who are...

Updated on 23/06/2020

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Marcus Lindeen

Marcus Lindeen is a Swedish documentary film maker, playwright, and artist. His films The Regretters (2010) and The Raft (2018) have both won The Prix Europa for Best European Television Documentary.

Updated on 20/10/2020

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Siam

Back to Documentary Month, which runs from 1-30 November, Amal, Siam's latest film, was released in France in February 2019. After Force Majeure (2016), which featured a plain clothes policeman from Cairo, the Egyptian film maker continued his exploration of authority and violence. Alongside the...

Updated on 18/11/2019

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Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra

While Brazilian filmmakers Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra have been working together for over 21 years, they just presented their first co-directed feature, Todos os Mortos, at the 2020 Berlinale. They tell us about the state of Brazilian cinema, their connection to France, and their taking part in...

Updated on 15/06/2020

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Béatrice Thiriet

For 30 years, Béatrice Thiriet has shared her passion between film and opera scores. The composer recently gave a masterclass co-organized with the SACEM, devoted to film music and composition work for cinema, and discussed these issues with the directors of the Institut français' Fabrique Cinéma...

Updated on 22/06/2021

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Costa Gavras

An icon of activist cinema and president of the Cinémathèque Française, director Costa-Gavras pushed the boundaries of French cinema and redefined the police thriller genre starting in the 1960s. In April 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of Z, his cult-classic film, the Institut Français...

Updated on 30/09/2019

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